Convicted rapist faces charges in Adams sex assault

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PITTSFIELD — An Adams man convicted of rape in 2012 is being held on $20,000 bail after allegedly fleeing the state amid new sexual assault allegations.

Stephen Matthews, 30, is accused of incidents that took place in Adams between July 9, 2015, and March 8, 2017, according to court files.

Adams Police issued an arrest warrant for Matthews last June on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender after they were unable to locate him for a compliance check related to his status as a registered sex offender, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. He apparently furnished an inaccurate address.

Matthews, who had since left the state, was indicted by a Berkshire County grand jury in September. He was later extradited from Costa Mesa, California, where he had been arrested on a shoplifting charge.

He pleaded not guilty Jan. 13 in Berkshire Superior Court to charges of assault with intent to rape a child under 16 and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. In a separate arraignment the following day, also in Berkshire Superior Court, Matthews pleaded not guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

If he posts bail, Matthews must submit to GPS monitoring, stay in Massachusetts, have no contact with the victim and have no contact with children under 18.

Matthews was previously sentenced to two to four years in state prison in 2012 for his conviction on one count of rape for sexually assaulting a woman while she slept.

Matthews is due back in court on May 27 for a pretrial hearing on his new charges.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.

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